They used to come over the tannoy
This is bomber command.
We had Blue Steel stand off missiles at Scampton
Now with them, the Vulcans would take off
drop the missile
And then the missile would go on
to its target. It's a stand off missiles,
Waddington they had the freefall nuclear weapon.
So they actually go over the target
The two differences was
The crews had to rush out
start the aircraft to run the engines
up until Bomber Command stood them down.
But they never moved off the pan.
They had to because they never had
They had to get off the ground quicker.
So you could hear
because we weren't that far
So if if the wind was coming up
you could hear the Vulcans at Waddington
They used to taxi out,
accelerate up the runway, deaccelerate
So we didn't have to do that.
We just had to
run up the engines.
But it was it was quite exciting.
The crews were in the engineering
of the perimeter track.
The only people on the pan were
The air crew came from the ops block.
So they would
screech around the perimeter
with the crew in each of them, the dump
The pilot would go in first,
and then the three back seat
By the time they'd shut the door,
because the Vulcan had the capacity
it didn't need a ground start machine.
So by the time they raised,
the engines were running.
And so the only people underneath
the Vulcan were you and the crew chief.
And that was quite frightening when when
That was the Earth moved.
So the thing you know, you could
you know, just edging on the chocks.
Yeah, it was exciting.
But I sometimes find a bit frightening